Just a bit of trivia. I really enjoyed reading about Calamity Jane; had no idea what she was all about, so that was my lesson for the day!
Born on this day:
- 1852 - Calamity Jane, American Wild West legend (d.1903)
- 1907 - Kate Smith, American singer (d.1986)
- 1916 - Glenn Ford, Canadian actor (d.2006)
- 1945 - Rita Coolidge, American singer
- 1759 - Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain
- 1786 - Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria
- 1834 - The British colonies abolish slavery
- 1869 - The Folies Bergère opens in Paris
- 1931 - The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City
- 1956 - The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public
- 2003 - In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".